Scout Notes

How Kane, Son and De Bruyne fared in midst of FPL fixture swing

Spurs 2-0 Man City

  • Goals: Son Heung-min (£9.5m), Giovani Lo Celso (£6.9m)
  • Assists: Tanguy Ndombèlé (£5.9m), Harry Kane (£11.0m)
  • Bonus points: Hugo Lloris x3 (£5.5m), Son x2, Eric Dier x1 (£4.9m)

THE TOUGH GETS GOING

Top 10k FPL managers refuse to ditch Kane and Son double-up for Gameweek 9

Tottenham Hotspur’s key attacking assets made significant statements in Gameweek 9 as both Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.5m) registered attacking returns against Manchester City.

Both players saw interest in their services wane over the international break as Fantasy Premier League managers considering their increasingly tough upcoming fixtures.

But with arguably the hardest of those out of the way, owners of Kane and Son are likely to feel a lot more encouraged to be holding onto the dynamic duo.

As predicted by his most loyal fans, Son was able to expose Manchester City’s high defensive line in key moments on Saturday evening.

He found space behind the Citizens’ back-line as early as the fifth minute after Tanguy Ndombèlé (£5.9m) played an insightful ball over the top.

That made for a 10-point haul for Son, his fifth double-figure Gameweek score of the 2020/21 campaign. Hugely impressive when you consider that he has produced exactly six of these in each of the last four Premier League seasons.

Meanwhile, Kane put in a man-of-the-match, impressing mostly off the ball with his contribution to holding the ball up and easing pressure on his team-mates, who spent most of the game defending against Manchester City’s large share of possession (65.6%).

“I knew if I was going to drop deep the centre-backs were going to follow me and with Stevie and Sonny running in behind, it worked. My duties were mainly, holding up the ball, trying to buy time, especially when you’re under the cosh a bit. Win fouls and bring others into play. The most important thing is we have runners in behind.” – Harry Kane

That enabled Kane to fulfil more of a creator’s role, as we have become used to this season, assisting Giovani Lo Celso (£6.9m) for a 16th attacking return in nine matches.

WHAT ABOUT THE UNDERLYING DATA?

KDB OR NOT DB

Fantasy managers may be experiencing the opposite problem with Manchester City considering they are about to embark on a positive run of games but appear short of go-to attacking assets.

While they recorded their first blank of the season, it was not for lack of trying, as Pep Guardiola’s men dominated possession and the shot count (22 to four).

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m) pounced on a loose ball in the box early in the first half, his shot likely to have ended up in the back of the net were it not for an offside Gabriel Jesus (£9.3m) getting in the way.

Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) did actually score after a Jesus knock-down, only to see that ruled out for a handball against City’s number nine.

De Bruyne struck wide from the edge of the box in the 50th minute before Ruben Dias (£5.5m) headed the Belgian’s late free-kick straight at Hugo Lloris (£5.5m) when he really should have scored.

The fact that Burnley, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion are three of Manchester City’s next three opponents is cause to believe that those who came close to attacking returns against Spurs can deliver on their promise in the near future.

The return of Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) to full fitness is also worth considering. An additional option for Guardiola can only improve the credentials of the midfield players on offer, although it also increases the risk of rotation for Jesus.

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Reguilón, Dier, Alderweireld (Rodon 81′), Aurier; Højbjerg, Sissoko; Bergwijn (Moura 73′), Ndombèlé (Lo Celso 65′), Son Heung-min; Kane.

Manchester City XI (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Cancelo, Laporte, Dias, Walker; B Silva (Foden 72′), Rodrigo; Torres, De Bruyne, Mahrez (Sterling 72′); Jesus.

Lessons Learned from FPL Gameweek 9

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1,588 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    A) Coufal & Ziyech
    B) Zouma & Grealish

    Chilwell only other Chelsea player.

    Cheers

    1. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      A) but I’d want Grealish as well to be honest

      1. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Cheers. No space! KDB, Salah, Fernandes, Son

        1. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          That’s an incredibly expensive MF!

          1. Catastrophe
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Martinez
            Chilwell, Coufal, Justin
            Salah, KDB, Son, Fernandes, Ziyech
            DCL, Bamford

            (Steer, Kilman, Brewster, Mitchell)

            ...weak def and bench but hopefully worth it.

    2. deshawn7
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      A

      1. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Ta

  2. Must.Go.Faster.
      3 months, 11 days ago

      How do you check your ranking in real time?

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        livefpl.com
        user fpl ID

        1. Must.Go.Faster.
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Cool, thanks!

        2. liner
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Livefpl.net

      2. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Sterling has been a fail...so what are you fellow owners doing? Im thinking of sell to KDB or Salah or keep and captain Sterling!

        1. ballsy_b
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 11 days ago

          He could have a field day against Burnley and Fulham. Keep him and captain

        2. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I can't even imagine how many points I could've had if I distributed that 11.5 lump on two or more players. Brought him in in GW 6 on wildcard, 4 blanks in a row now. Lost 0.1 sell value.

          I am undecided now, all three options on table, sell to KDB, double up with KDB or just keep and ignore KDB. I thought about Son and Kane to Vardy and KDB for a hit, but not so sure now. I'll probably risk against EO next week and captain Sterling as ultimate differential.

      3. Oooo Matron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Any thoughts here? Worth Fernandes to Salah?

        McCarthy
        Robertson Chillwell Konsa
        Fernandes Grealish Zaha KDB
        Kane DCL Bamford

        Subs: Anguissa, Semedo, Lampety

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Risky, Brunos played 3 away games and scored 12, 11, 17.

      4. FPL_Hazards
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        I think Brendan missed a trick tonight.

        Should have brought Vardy off the bench.

        1. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          🙂

      5. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Will Jota play or start from the bench, better asset than Podence?

        1. GoonSquad
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          They played him when Salah was okay, he just gets put further back and has less attacking chances.

      6. Labile
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Got to bring Mo back surely right?

        Brighton @ home

        1. Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Im not until gw12

        2. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          3 Feb 2021, want Salah back before then.

        3. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Away

      7. Ronnies
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Worth a -4 ?

        TAA, Jimenez to Cancelo, Vardy ?

        Tnks.

        1. Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Yes

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Yes

      8. Dirty Harry
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Potentially will only be able to start two defenders next game week due to Lamptey(suspended) Taylor(flagged) Dunne(non-starter). I have 0.1 ITB

        Is it work swapping Taylor for a 4.6/4.5

        Was hoping to maybe save so I can have 2FT and bring in say Cancelo or City or the likes in GW11 but yeah might only have Chilwell/Zouma this week if so?

        1. MOTHRA
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Yes

      9. Nespinha
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Mccarthy
        Bellerin, Robertson, Cancelo
        Son, KDB, Fernandes, Grealish, Podence
        Werner, DCL

        1FT, 0.4ITB

        Thinking - Robertson + Son - - 4.5 + Salah (-4)

      10. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Who makes way for salah?

        A...Bruno

        B...son (already got kane)

        Thanks

        1. stu92
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Son if you already have Spurs coverage. Bruno will consistently haul as he’s on pens and is most creative player at Utd

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 11 days ago

            That’s Mata. But given the stupid penalties Utd get

      11. stu92
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 11 days ago

        A) Son to KDB? Already have Kane but no City assets.

        B) Barkley to Jota for -4? Is that a good way into Liverpool attack or is he going to be benched as soon as Salah is back?

        1. GoonSquad
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I'd lose Kane before Son.

      12. ...al
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Jrod > Jota?

        Jrod ok, but Jota mins... are we so sure?

        1. stu92
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Tempted by Jota myself but not sure where he sits once Salah is back

        2. The Mantis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          This could be my only move this week but also need advice

          1. ...al
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            yea hard call, I did Sell Salah > Bruno, and I do own Robertson, but the Salah fear is real!

        3. GoonSquad
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          If today were hockey, JRod would have had two assists. Hold withbfictures for 2 weeks.

          1. ...al
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            He got into good spots and classic case of assisting the assists.

            Good fixtures but Leeds are so fit they should easily deal with his lack of pace, he might do better vs Burnley

            It's the only move I'm contemplating as I consider my move for KdB/Salah

      13. ballsy_b
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Midfield A or B?

        A: Grealish - Mane - KDB - Fernandes - Ziyech

        B: Jota - Sterling - KDB - Fernandes - Ziyech

        Rest of team:
        Martinez
        James - Cancelo - PVA - Neco - Justin

        DCL - Watkins - Brewster

        1. stu92
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 11 days ago

          So it’s really Grealish/Mane vs Jota/Sterling? If so I’d say A.

          1. ballsy_b
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 11 days ago

            That’s the current mid.
            Mane - Grealish - KDB - Ziyech - Bruno

            Jota is a bargain and having him means funds to double up on city and then pool in game week 12

      14. deshawn7
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Mane > Jota
        Kilch > Bruno

        For -4?

        1. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Hmm not sure worth the hit but probably yes

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 11 days ago

          No. No guarantee Jota will start.

      15. The Sociologist
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Does Justin start one more week? It’s either him or C.Taylor to Cancelo.

      16. Captain Vantastic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        To be honest I'm worried about Salah more than the City mids!

        1. FPL_Hazards
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I reckon assess after Brighton

      17. FPL_Hazards
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Is Robbo enough Liverpool cover?

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          generally need at least one attacker

        2. stu92
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Only other assets I’d be interested in are Salah and Jota, Mane too patchy at the moment.

          I only have Robertson myself at the minute if that helps

          1. ballsy_b
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Agreed.
            Jota is more of a goal threat at the moment along with Salah. Both ruthless. Mane and Bobby do more of the ugly work

        3. Lanley Staurel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          He can never ever cover a Mane or Salah haul.

      18. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        As long as Klopp is kind enough to let us know Salah will play v’s Brighton...

        It’s gotta be Son > Salah(c) instead of bringing in KDB right?

        City have a slightly better fixture but are in poor form for them

        1. FPL_Hazards
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I’ll play devils advocate

          Liverpool have more players that look like scoring points - shared round all forwards

          Just takes a Varchester type penalty and a 1-0 win and KDB has 11
          Pts

        2. wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Son is on fire at 9.5 with 60% ownership and Tottenham are top of the league.Huge risk imo.

        3. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Tricky. Will be very close between KDB and Salah. Think I would prefer KDB cap.

        4. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          no can see kdb matching or outscoring Salah over next 3
          might do bruno to salah for gw12

        5. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Aguero back .. think KdB until Liv play Fulham

      19. bruuuno
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Debating if I should hit the WC button or not, what do you guys think?

        Team now:
        McCarthy Steer
        Telles Targett Lamptey Justin Coufal
        Son Bruno Rashford Grealish Bissouma
        Werner Jimi DCL

        WC team could be something like this:
        Martinez Forster
        Cancelo James Coufal Lamptey Lewis
        Salah KDB Grealish Jota Soucek
        Aguero Vardy Brewster

        1. GoonSquad
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Maybe just Jimi to Bamford and Rash to KdB.

        2. GoonSquad
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Or Telles out and Werner to Vardy.

      20. Labile
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Burke ➡️ Jota?

        Hmmm

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Jihad

      21. hshepherd
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Who would you rather have for this GW? Will transfer one of them out for KDB/Sterling and keep the other for this week
        A) Son vs che
        B) Rodriguez vs LEE

        1. wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          A

        2. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Probably B but I don’t know if it’s worth it as I wouldn’t have him for more than 2 weeks.

          1. GoonSquad
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            For this week I agree, B, but you cant lose Son as JRod fixtures flip in 2 weeks.

          2. hshepherd
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Yeah the plan was to originally have both out for both KDB and Sterling. But given the Spurs vs MCI game I'm considering keeping Son and only taking on one of KDB / Sterling. This would mean I'd transfer out Rodriguez out this week

      22. Werner Bremen
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        A Kane to Vardy

        B Kane to Vardy and Bowen to Jota (-4)

      23. The Mantis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Replace Wilson as priority?

        1. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Should be back this week.

        2. wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I will get Wilson in gw12 so no for me.

        3. Lanley Staurel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Absolutely. He plays for Newcastle you know.

          1. The Mantis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            My thoughts too. But for who

      24. Hadebayor Mum
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Absolutely cracking darts today. Took my mind of FPL at least.

        1. FPL_Hazards
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Was brilliant. As was the snooker.

          But none compare to the Champions!

          3-0 against the mighty foxes lol

      25. Werner Bros
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Vardy's chance of price rise is dropping on fpl stats. Do we think he could still rise tonight?

        Is Werner > Vardy still a good move?

        1. FPL_Hazards
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Looked injured

          1. Werner Bros
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Legit or did Leicester just play poorly?

          2. Lanley Staurel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            He played 90. Didnt see the match though so in what way did he look injured?

      26. dshv
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Mccarthy
        Chilweell taylor justin cancelo mitchell
        Bruno son sterling soucek
        Watkins Dcl

        (Salah mitchell, davis)

        1mil itb 1ft

        Already did lamptey to cancelo
        What else to do ??

        1. Must.Go.Faster.
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Ask the same question less frequently? Maybe?

          • Must.Go.Faster.
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Do nothing. You good now?

          • Blue Moon Rising
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Who’s everyone’s fourth mid? Don’t like any player below 7.4

            1. FPL_Hazards
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Grealish

            2. Blue Moon Rising
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Bowen, ASM, Ward Prowse, Soucek. None of them seem strong enough to start week in week out.

            3. wulfranian
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Grealish

            4. Doctor Evil
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Grealish is my 5th I have Salah KDB Bruno and Son

            5. Albrightondknight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              I have 5 I would say Grealish or Jota.
              How can Klopp drop Jota even when Salah is back?

            6. GoonSquad
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Fornals may be a good shout....maybe Maddison with their fixtures.

            7. lugs
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Havertz, with Grealish the 5th

            8. Lanley Staurel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Its the year of 5 mids dont you know.

          • Albrightondknight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            With 3.9 ITB what move would you make here? I had planned
            Ziyech to Sterling - any better ideas?

            Martinez

            Chilwell Digne Cancelo

            KDB Ziyech Jota Bruno Grealish

            DCL Watkins

            Forster Coufal Brewster Bernardo

          • Hadebayor Mum
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Hamez and Jimenez to Salah and Bamford (-4)?

            1. Albrightondknight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Not without knowing Salah will play.